The Shadow Children

by Steven Schnur

Other authorsHerbert Tauss (Illustrator)
Book, 1994

Barcode

123457452

Call number

J 736 SCH

Collection

Publication

New York : Morrow Junior Books, c1994.

Description

While spending the summer on his grandfather's farm in the French countryside, eleven-year-old Etienne discovers a secret dating back to World War II and encounters the ghosts of Jewish children who suffered a dreadful fate under the Nazis.

User reviews

LibraryThing member STBA
While spending the summer on his grandfather's farm in the French countryside, eleven-year-old Etienne discovers a secret dating back to World War II and encounters the ghosts of Jewish children who suffered a dreadful fate under the Nazis.
LibraryThing member dcarlill
Fictional book about the children of the holocaust and the way in which they were sent from their homes for safety only to later be found by Nazis and killed. Gives the idea of the emotion behind the tragic deaths of children during WWII and the way in which it is difficult to erase the memories.
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Not extremely well written, but useful when studying WWII or the holocaust as a fiction book to support curriculum
I recommend for grades 5+
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
I simply love Library Thing! This book was listed as a recommendation based on my books cataloged. And now, I've discovered not only a book I can highly recommend, but in addition, I learned of the Sydney Taylor Book Award!

Steven Schnur's book was the 1994 recipient of the Sydney Taylor Book Award,
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established for authors of the most distinguished contributions to Jewish children's literature.

This coming of age book is the story of Etienne, an eleven year old young man, his grandfather and the sleepy French countryside of Mount Brulant.

While the writing is simple, the subject matter is gripping. While visiting his grandfather during post WWII, Etienne sees the ghosts of hundreds of starving, emaciated, raggedy, forlorn children hiding in the woods.

When asking his grandfather and other adults about his discovery, at first denied the truth, eventually, he learns the sad, tragic, terrible truth that Jewish children were sent to the country side seeking refuge, only to be hunted down by the Nazi's and killed.

While the kind people of Mount Brulant tried to help the children, in the end, they watched as the children were herded into trains to meet their death.

The story not only focuses on the children, but also allows us to feel the guilt of those who were unsuccessful in their attempts to save.

This is NOT a ghost story, this is a tale of a town that tried to do the right thing. This is a tale of innocent children who wanted to live.
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LibraryThing member engpunk77
This young adult ghost story is highly disturbing and sparsely embellished with terrifying pictures. Inspires readers to consider right/wrong and what could have been done differently in the Holocaust. A story about Holocaust remembrance, guilt, and fear.

Original publication date

1994

ISBN

0688138314 / 9780688138318
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